KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Across the metro Monday Kansas City residents will see events, music and awards celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
Mayor Sly James says it is always good for the people of Kansas City to come together, but he adds that there is still a long way to go.
Mayor James says that he still sees a lot of discrimination on the basis of not just race but religion and socioeconomics.
During the last year, the events in Ferguson, Mo., gained national attention and raised concerns about the relationship between police and the public.
“I think we are going to continue to outshine a lot of areas in terms of the quality and depth and breadth of our celebrations of Martin Luther King, and I think it's an appropriate thing to do,” Mayor James said.
Mayor James says there is a lot to learn from Ferguson and although the city has made strides- there is still a lot of work to be done.
He says this year people should use the holiday to think of new ways to end gun violence and the homicide rate here in the metro.
MLK Day celebrations across the metro include: